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Gay still irked by Grizzlies' treatment

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08:06 AM ET 03.07 | Rudy Gay, now north of the border, has taken a grudge with him. [Gay] says the Memphis Grizzlies' new ownership didn't give him a shot to prove he was worth a multi-million dollar investment before it traded him in a three-team deal to the Toronto Raptors in January. "You have to give me a chance to see if I'm worth that," Gay told Yahoo! Sports. Gay averaged at least 18 points in his previous five seasons with Memphis, but the new regime in the small market didn't believe the forward with no All-Star appearance was worth paying $53.7 million over three seasons. ... Gay quietly had an intuition he would be dealt. "With [new management], I don't think anybody's comfortable," Gay said.

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March 7, 2013  08:16 AM ET

You Still Get Paid, Bro.

March 7, 2013  08:21 AM ET

Is 18 the amount of points he averages or his shooting percentage since being traded to Toronto?

March 7, 2013  08:25 AM ET

Move on Rudy, Move on as you are now the featured player on a team that wants you...

March 7, 2013  08:48 AM ET

Stay in the closet

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March 7, 2013  09:07 AM ET

the raps will sign you to a contract extension bro...

March 7, 2013  09:30 AM ET

Gay still irked by Grizzlies' treatment...

There's just something wrong with this heading!

March 7, 2013  09:58 AM ET

Rudy you were a mistake from the get go. Nice small forward who shoots sporadically, complains about playing defense, needs the ball in his hands, stops the ball on offense, and shrinks in big games. Strike the "nice" part...just an average small forward who is getting paid way too much.

March 7, 2013  10:24 AM ET

They paid him plenty and he is good but they paid him as if he was great. It's business just move along Rudy

March 7, 2013  10:51 AM ET

Gay is a moron that can play decent ball, but no brains. ANY fool with half brains will understand Grizzlies had no way to pay all those talented players given the luxury tax situation. They are not the Lakers or Knicks or Celtics that can afford huge taxes.

But then again, doing basic math isn't something we can expect from NBA players.

March 7, 2013  11:00 AM ET

John Hollinger wrote a few articles for ESPN that Gay was overpaid and not worth the money. Soon as Hollinger got the job for Griz, pretty much expected Gay to get shipped.

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March 7, 2013  12:05 PM ET

Gay had five seasons to prove his worth. Meanwhile, the Grizz are 11-4 since the trade. Is there any realistic probability that they'd be much better than that with his bloated contract?

March 7, 2013  12:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Is 18 the amount of points he averages or his shooting percentage since being traded to Toronto?

20 plus.
To be expected since he's the first choice on offensive.

March 7, 2013  12:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Move on Rudy, Move on as you are now the featured player on a team that wants you...

YEAH!

March 7, 2013  12:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

use the 'insult' as motivation

YEAH plus 1!

March 7, 2013  12:17 PM ET

Gay is lovely!

March 7, 2013  12:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Rudy you were a mistake from the get go. Nice small forward who shoots sporadically, complains about playing defense, needs the ball in his hands, stops the ball on offense, and shrinks in big games. Strike the "nice" part...just an average small forward who is getting paid way too much.

Watch him play lately Darth?
He is rebounding, hitting big shots, and guarding the best of them on the court.

Is he in the top5 of the NBA?
No.

But neither is anyone on the Grizz.

Rudy is a high caliber player that will do well in Toronto without those to tubs of goo Z and Little Pau hogging touches.

Yes a high salary was dumped, but with the core they have now, let me ask you;
Do you actually think the Grizz have improved?
...think they have a real shot at anything more then a second round exit from the playoffs?

March 7, 2013  12:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

John Hollinger wrote a few articles for ESPN that Gay was overpaid and not worth the money. Soon as Hollinger got the job for Griz, pretty much expected Gay to get shipped.

All the talk about Rudy not being worth the money he gets...WAAY less talented players out there that don't produce and are paid same or more; Amare and Bynum come to mind.

Perspective boys and ghouls.

 
March 7, 2013  02:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

All the talk about Rudy not being worth the money he gets...WAAY less talented players out there that don't produce and are paid same or more; Amare and Bynum come to mind.Perspective boys and ghouls.

You are right but what most people don't understand is overpaid is relative to what you plan on spending, can afford to lose in revenue or what limits you for signing other free agents. Smaller market teams can't afford to pay luxury taxes. Knicks can afford to pay luxury taxes with Amare but they did try to trade him, there are no takers. Bynum is/was when healthy has shown to be the second best center. Gay was paid like a potential great player when he is just good. He isn't the difference from Memphis making the finals, however he might be the difference in Toronto making the playoffs next year, which is why the Raptors traded for him.

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